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Impro Basics Level 1

This course is designed for instrumentalists with no background in improvisation. It provides students with an opportunity to play in a small group and to learn elementary theoretical concepts, historical knowledge and basic skills in the art of jazz improvisation. Students will learn to: Put into practice theoretical knowledge of harmony and scales Train their ear and recognise chords and scales Perform technical exercises for improving improvisation skills Develop time and... [More]
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For adults (minimum age 16)
Entry Level: Ability to read simple melody line and chord symbol charts.

PLACES ARE LIMITED TO:
2 pianos * (NO SPOTS LEFT)*
2 guitars * (NO SPOTS LEFT)*
1 bass *
1 drum kit *
and any number of horns or other instruments.

Please let us know your instrument by filling in the Additional Enrolment Information page when you are completing your enrolment.

We will update the availability of places as enrolments are received.

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Jazz Piano Basics Level 1

Jazz Piano Basics Level 1 is a course which introduces piano players to the elements of jazz piano style. Playing through simplified arrangements of jazz standards such as: ‘In a mellow tone’, ‘Fly me to the moon’, ‘The preacher’ and the blues classic ‘Blues Almighty’ you will explore different ways to approach: Chords and bass melody and chords improvised melody and chords You will work steadily with the materials throughout the term to adopt a familiarity with the make-up and... [More]

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Piano for Beginners Level 1

Never played piano before? Keen to learn? Taught in the keyboard lab on weighted digital keyboards, Piano for Beginners Level 1 is a group class designed for the absolute beginner. By the end of the course you will be able to find your way around the keyboard, play simple tunes and accompaniments and understand the basics of good piano technique. Over 8 weeks, students will be taken through an intensive course of note reading, finger training and exploration of basic piano... [More]

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Piano for Beginners Level 2

Taught in the keyboard lab on weighted digital keyboards, level 2 is designed for the intermediate beginner, who is familiar with the notes of the keyboard, has prior understanding of note reading, and experience with basic scales and playing pieces in 5 finger hand positions. Over 8 weeks, students will be taken through an intensive course of technical work, finger training and exploration of basic piano literature in varying hand positions, as well as ensemble playing. The course... [More]

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Songwriting

This course will look at various great songwriters and their methods and explore some fundamentals of songwriting by covering the following areas: Song analysis (listening to classic songs and analysing how they work and how the song is structured). Focusing on: chord structures, melodic ideas and touching lyrical content. Setting lyrics to music and music to lyrics. Writing music based on an existing drum beat. Analysing characteristics of genres. Discussing song structures:... [More]
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Impro Basics Level 2

For instrumentalists who have completed Impro Basics Level 1, or who have some improvisation experience, this course provides an opportunity to continue developing elementary skills in ensemble playing, improvisation and standard jazz repertoire. Classes establish practical ensemble skills by: Putting improvisation ideas into practice Learning melodies and chord progressions without music, developing memory Creating ensemble arrangements On completion of the course, a student’s... [More]

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Piano for Beginners Level 3

Taught in the keyboard lab on weighted digital keyboards, level 3 is designed for the advanced beginner, who is familiar with the notes of the keyboard, has prior understanding of note reading, and experience with basic technical work and piano pieces in varying hand positions. Over 8 weeks, students will be taken through an intensive course of technical work, finger training, sight reading skill, pedal use, basic chord symbol reading, and exploration of basic piano literature in... [More]

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Jazz Ensembles or Jazzgroup One - Audition

Jazz Ensembles (intermediate level) run on Mondays -*tutored by Andrew Dickeson* as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays - tutored by Ron Philpott. Jazzgroup One (advanced level) runs on Wednesdays - tutored by Brendan Clarke. AUDITION REQUIREMENTS A 15 minute unaccompanied audition to determine which ensemble suits you best. You should be prepared to play two jazz standards of your choice, to improvise over a blues head and to do some basic sight reading of a chart. Drummers will also... [More]

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Rising Stars Audition - Piano

This class is for students wishing to audition for the Conservatorium Open Academy Rising Stars Program. Students who have been playing their instrument for at least two years are welcome to apply. Applications for entry in Semester 1, 2017 are now closed. Students are required to present two contrasting pieces of their choice, not longer than 10 minutes together, showing a range of technical and musical skill. One study and one piece are recommended. No scales, sight-reading or... [More]

World Music Ensemble - Audition

World Music Ensemble is intended for mid-level players who want to improve their improvisation, rhythmic, aural, sight-reading, technical, and listening skills through a diverse world music program. In addition, ensemble members gain an insight into rehearsal and performance practices, how to organize arrangements and the dynamics of working within a group. Repertoire is developed through both the oral tradition, where melodic and harmonic material is learned by ear, and from... [More]